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Stormtrooper Helmets, Armor and Costumes
 

SW Movies Character Appeared in - ANH  ESB  RotJ
Brief Prop and Costume History
First seen in Star Wars - A New Hope in 1977, The Stormtrooper Armour design was originally conceived by Ralph McQuarrie in 1975. Helmets and Armor were all fabricated by Andrew Ainsworth at Shepperton Design Studios in Twickenham near London. All helmets and armor were made from vacuum formed plastic, either ABS or HDPE. Detailing and Armor assembly were by John Mollo's costuming department.

For The Empire Strikes Back the original sets from the previous film were re-used. For Return of the Jedi they created new Helmets and Armour by casting a set from the original Movie. 

Replicas:
Everyone wants to be a Stormtrooper - however up to very recently no "Lucasfim Official Licensed" company had made armour forcing fans and collectors to go underground. There are therefore a huge number of "fan-made" producers out there which range from small garage set-up's to big tax-paying business like Shepperton Design Studio's.

Though licensed companies Like Don Post had been making Stormtrooper helmets since 1977, just recently Rubies entered the Licensed Armor market (to fans distain), and in 2011, Museum Replicas will also be producing full Stormtrooper Armor. Helmet-wise e-FX has just announced a couple of new "low cost" Stormtrooper helmets


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